Nick Eppert: I'm planning to do the SPM major in the cognitive science area. My main interests in relation to the major is the question of knowledge, thought and possibility of simulating human interactions in artificial intelligence given Martin Heidegger's ontology of Being-in-the-World. I'm also a Philosophy major and my interests are mainly in 19th and 20th Century Continental philosophy on philosophers such as Kierkegaard, Schopenhaeur, Heidegger and Foucault. In addition to that I am interested in philosophical and mathematical logic, and philosophy of language. I hope to do a research project with Professor Ross in the summer of '10 in epistemology and I hope to go to graduate school for Philosophy. Aside from academics I enjoy simply talking a lot with my friends, bothering my professors about my future plans, playing boardgames, poker and billiards and generally just being around my good friends. I'd also call myself an avid reader. I love literature and among my favorite books are Love in the Time of Cholera, Brave New World, The Plague and The Immoralist.
Kathryn Kutz: In the summer of 2009, Kathryn will be a Hackman Scholar, working with Prof. Bennett Helm on a project titled, "Truth, Emotion, and Shared Commitment."
Sarah Coughlin: Sarah Coughlin's major is on the moral psychology side of SPM; she is also completing a minor in philosophy. While she is interested in free will, personhood, and personality, her current research is in applied virtue ethics. Last semester she completed her senior seminar paper entitled "The Aftermath: Reconstructing Virtue in Light of Situationism" which presented a retrospective theory of virtue. Sarah is currently in the process of completing two independent studies with Professor Chemero on similar topics, but in order to avoid skewing the results of these studies she can't say more about them here. Sarah was president of the Philosophy Club until rather recently and is still an active member. When she's not philosophizing, Sarah is an active member of the Liberal Arts Review publication where she writes, edits, and has fun. And if that wasn't enough, Sarah also works in the Philosophy Department, helping Beth Betrone and generally pestering professors.
Lyn Moore: In the summer of 2008, Lyn worked with Prof. Michael Murray as Hackman Scholar. Their co-authored paper, "Costly Signaling and the Origin of Religion," is forthcoming in the Journal of Cognition and Culture.
Dahlia Silberg: Dahlia is an SPM major on the moral psychology branch. She wanted to be an SPM major because she loves thinking about how philosophical notions of personhood, free will, and morality can be applied practically with psychological backing. Last semester she wrote a research paper examining moral responsibility in social situations, drawing on philosophical and psychological texts and concepts. She is also a dance minor which brings a creative outlook to her work and fits nicely with her career goals. She just got accepted to the graduate program at Drexel University for the dance/movement therapy program. This program enforces the mind body connection to promote healing and growth in all types of patients from children with autism to adults with severe mental disorders. It draws on psychology, philosophy, and dance and analyzes how physical expression of movement can further a person's psychological self-expression and healing. Besides her academics, Dahlia has also been in a variety of theater and dance productions on campus.
Aysu Suben: Aysu is interested in metaphors, visual cognition, and cognitive architecture of the mind. She researched with Prof. Mike Anderson on his massive redeployment hypothesis for a year and ran her independent research project on visual modularity: how do we extract meanings from ambiguous images, like the duck-rabbit illusion? In her spare time, she likes sailing, running the Liberal Arts Review, and eating chocolate cake at Checkers with friends. She is graduating this year to continue being a student for at least five more years at Yale.